Wine Classes

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OTTO hosts wine classes twice weekly. These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in the front of the restaurant (the Enoteca). Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement our selection of wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team. For reference, all classes are $60 per person, unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity.

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm  

The Approachable Part of Piemonte (January 6th) – $75
While Barolo and Barbaresco are synonymous with Piemonte, everyone seems to neglect other small regions in the area. Just to the north of these Italian giants are regions that can often show more approachable and ready at a younger age in comparison to their well-known counterparts.
LA MIRAJA, RUCHE, 2016
NERVI, GATTINARA, 2012
SPERINO, UVAGGIO, 2013
TENUTE SELLA, I PORFIDI, 2008
ROVELLOTTI, CHIOSO DEI POMI, 2009

Baby It’s Still Cold Outside (January 13th)
 The bell of the new year may have rung, but it’s still incredibly cold outside. With this, we’ll be tasting some heavier and bolder style wines to keep you bolstered through the remainder of the season.
CASTELLO DELLA SALA, ORVIETO, 2015
FELSINA, I SISTRI, 2014
BUSSOLA, CA’ DEL LAITO, 2013
SAN MARTINO, SIIR, 2013
CAPEZZANA, CARMIGNANO, 2012

 Cornerstones of Italian Wine (January 20th) $140
While Italians have been making wine for centuries now, there are a few prestigious estates that have really put their respective regions on the map. We will dive into everything from their stories, the region itself, and just how they’ve achieved greatness in every bottle.
CA’ DEL BOSCO, DOSAGE ZERO, 2001
FIORANO, BIANCO, 1993
PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO, RIO SARDO, 2011
ISOLE E OLENA, CEPPARELLO, 2013
PAOLO BEA, PIPPARELLO, 2009

Warm Memories (January 27th)
With the cold still bearing down on us here in New York City, we think we’re all in need of some warmer beach time. To put us in that mood, we’ll taste through some coastal wine that will make you feel like you have your feet in the sand already.
BARDELLINI, VERMENTINO, 2015
JANKARA, VERMENTINO, 2015
BENANTI, ROSSO DI VERZELLA, 2014
MUSTO CARMELITANO, SERRA DEL PRETE, 2012
SANTADI, ROCCA RUBIA, 2013

 

     Tuesday Evening Classes at 6:30pm – $60 

 The Undiscovered Depths of Piemonte (January 9th)
Everyone has heard of Nebbiolo, Barbara, and even Dolcetto coming out of the northwest region of Piemonte. Here, we’re taking a look at some under the radar grapes that show equal, if not better than, their counterparts.
ROAGNA, LANGHE BIANCO, 2015
MARIOTTO, TIMORASSO, 2013
VIETTI, VIVACE, 2015
BURLOTTO, PELAVERGA, 2016
BRAIDA, LIMONTE, 2014

Vain Venetians (January 16th)
From the soft decadent Soave, to the bold Valpolicella, to even the surprising international varieties, we’ll be taking a closer look into the Veneto and what these crazy Venetians are doing to their wines.
QUINTARELLI, CA DEL MERLO, BIANCO, 2016
INAMA, VIGNETI DI FOSCARINO, 2015
MONTE DEL FRA, BARDOLINO, 2016
BUSSOLA, CA’ DEL LAITO, 2013
MARION, VALPOLICELLA, 2012

The Most Widely Planted Grape in Italy (January 23rd)
That’s right, we’re talking Barbera! Often times overshadowed by Nebbiolo, Barbera can show amazingly well and vary from region to region on the palate, not to mention the producer’s stylistic choice. Join us in exploring the many faces of this hugely popular grape.
ODDERO, BARBERA D’ ALBA, 2013
LA MIRAJA, LE MASCHE, 2014
CAVALLOTTO, BARBERA D’ ALBA, 2013
PRUNOTTO, FIULOT, 2013
IULI, BARABBA, 2014

The Science and Art of Wine Pairing (January 30th)
Here we’ll take a bit of a look into a Sommelier’s everyday perspective as to how we actually pair wines with your food. It’s a delicate dance between acid, tannin, spice, and flavor profile that can often be tough to balance. Come in with food ideas as we discuss these pairings!
ANTICA FRATTA, FRANCIACORTA, NV
MALVIRA, ARNEIS, 2015
GRACI, ETNA BIANCO, 2016
GIUSEPPE CORTESE, LANGHE NEBBIOLO, 2014
LEONUCCI, MONTIGNANELLO, 2013

 

Information 

Reservation Information

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559.  Please be advised that we do require a 4-guest minimum to hold all public wine classes. Should we be forced to cancel a class due to lack of participation, all guests will be provided with at least 24 hours advance notice.

Private Wine Classes

Private wine classes are available for groups of 8-30 guests. For more information, please contact our Group Dining team at groupdining@ottopizzeria.com

Further Questions
If you have any further questions, please email us at vino@ottopizzeria.com or call us at 212-995-9559.

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